The reports from city officials in Hoboken last weekend was that everything surrounding their annual drink off aka the St. Patrick's Day parade was demure and well behaved. Think again. In fact, Hoboken broke last year's totals of summonses handed out for bad behavior. The Hoboken PD along with the Hudson County sheriff's office handed out some 555 summonses, only 5 short of the 2007 record of 560 and an increase from 476 in 2008. According to the Jersey Journal the numbers break out like this:
The city’s heightened zero tolerance policy this year raised the maximum fine amount to $2,000. The bulk of the violations came from open container (154), jaywalking (85), drinking in the street (77), disorderly house parties (51) and public urination (41). There were 25 arrests and 727 calls for service, according to the mayor's office.
For all the complaining the city powers-that-be in Hoboken complain about the cost and the other issues you do the math. $2000 tickets at the top end of the scale and other very expensive tickets multiplied by 555 makes this a pretty good cash cow for Hoboken.
"We hate the troubles that come with this parade and day in general........When do we get paid?"